Get a whole new view of the Zoo!

Guided Tours are a popular choice for visiting school groups and give students a unique opportunity to walk one of our trails alongside a Zoo naturalist. You’ll learn the answers to the questions you always wondered about and get to know our animals on a deeper level.

Tours must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Minnesota’s Natural Heritage Tour (Monday to Friday, September 6, 2017 to May 11, 2018)
Geared for elementary and middle school students, this active 45-minute naturalist led tour of the Minnesota Trail highlights the rich natural and cultural history of our great state.  Topics and activities support Minnesota’s social studies and science standards.

Fees: $4 per person; $48 per group minimum plus applicable admission fees


Guided Trail Tour 
(Year Round)
Led by a zoo naturalist, this one-hour tour will engage middle and high school students as we walk one of the Zoo’s trails. The Zoo naturalist will share a selection of facts and stories about the ecosystem the trail is modeled after, our animals at the Zoo and their wild relatives, and the design of different exhibits. Students are encouraged to ask questions relating to their study and interests while on the tour. Each tour will include a peek behind-the-scenes where our zookeepers work preparing diets or feeding animals. Tours available:

  • Tropics Trail (indoors)
  • Discovery Bay (indoors)
  • Minnesota Trail (partially indoors)
  • Russia’s Grizzly Coast (outdoors)

Fees: $8 per person; $48 per group minimum plus applicable admission fees

How to Register

Book your field trip online and confirm your date now. The first page will take you to a log in page where you will need to create an account or sign in to an existing account. Click the button below to begin.

School Field Trip Reservation – Online Booking

To email a request download the School Field Trip Request Form, complete, save to your computer and attached to an email to educate@mnzoo.org or fax it in to 952-997-4838. Click the button below to begin.
Download School Field Trip Request Form

If you have any questions Email Us, Fax: 952-997-4838, or call 952-431-9218.
Corporate Guided Tours For corporate guided tours, please contact our Sales Department or call 952-431-9200 and ask for a sales representative.